Industrial Interface Forum

The Industrial Interface Forum (IIF) aims at providing the students with hands-on experience of the technicalities involved in the industrial and professional fronts. Its main motto is bridging the gap between boardroom and classroom. As a part of the initiative, the IIF organizes Industrial visits as well as guest lectures for the benefit of the students.

Forum Email ID : iif.podar@gmail.com

Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/IIF.R.A.Podar2016/


Committee(2017-18):

Faculty In-charge:

Dr. Amita Sehgal

Student Secretary :

Sandhya Parameswaran
Mobile No: 7738104943
Email id: sandhyap98@gmail.com

Student Joint Secretary :

Preet Kothari
Mihika Borkar

Student Treasurer :

Shivani Borole

Executive Members :

Simran Ahuja
Smit Patil
Ojus Tambe
Akshay Fegade

Activities Planned for 2017-18:-

1st Term:
  • Industrial visit to Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI)
  • Guest Lecture on Solid Waste Management
  • Visit to Recycling Plant
  • Visit to Standard Chartered Bank


2nd Term:
  • Industrial Visit to Amul
  • Visit to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
  • Visit to Tasty Foods






Committee(2016-17):

Faculty In-charge:

Dr. Amita Sehgal

Student Secretary :

Shreyans Nilvarna
Contact details : Email – shreyans.nilvarna@gmail.com
Mobile – 9619396189

Student Joint Secretary :

Kinjal Surti
Gayatri Narayanan

Student Treasurer :

Adesh Purandare

Executive Members :

Jigisha Jethva
Nikhil Pevekar




Annual Report 2016-17

The Industrial Interface Forum (IIF) aims at providing the students with hands-on experience of the technicalities involved in the industrial and professional fronts. Its main motto is bridging the gap between boardroom and classroom. As a part of the initiative, the IIF organizes Industrial visits as well as guest lectures for the benefit of the students.

The IIF conducted the following events in the year 2016-17:

Movie Screening: The students were shown the Movie Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. The film examines the 2001 collapse of the Enron Corporation, which resulted in criminal trials for several of the company’s top executives during the ensuing Enron scandal. it also shows the involvement of the Enron traders in the California electricity crisis. The students were explained about the importance of Corporate Ethics. The students discussed how the scam could have been prevented and what should be done to curb the wrong doings in the corporate front.

Industrial Visit: An Industrial visit to the Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd. was initiated. The students were taken to the Security Solutions Plant 17. They were explained about the marketing strategy undertaken, the human resource practices and the safety measures. Various processes to manufacture the safes and lockers were then explained.

Symposium: A symposium on ‘Demonetisation Demystified’ was organized in collaboration with the Forum of Free Enterprise and the All India Bank Depositories’ Association. Mr. H. P. Ranina, Mr. Sunil Bhandare and Dr. Mrs. Brinda Jagirdar were invited as guest speakers. Mr. Sunil Bhandare discussed the micro and macro effects of demonetisation in the long and short run. Dr. Mrs. Brinda Jagirdar apprised the audience with the term ‘De-legalisation’ of currency and enlightened them the need to bring all the processes of the Indian economy into the mainstream to move towards a cashless economy. Mr. Ranina, acquainted the audience with the long veiled truth – ‘Cash is the Root of all Problems’. He shared his vision of a seamless and digitized economy. This was followed by a question and answer session. The symposium ended with a vote of thanks followed by the national anthem.

Activities conducted during the year 2015-16 :

R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics has been known to nurture its students through every aspect of learning. The IIFaim to continue this legacy. The Industrial Interface forum is set and established to create an interface between the students and the practical world i.e the industry. This sets the goals and gives more clarity about the bookish concepts and its practical applications.

EVENT 1: Seminar:
Topic:'Import and Export Industry'
Date and Time: Tuesday, 2nd of February, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Venue: G-4, R. A. Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Matunga, Mumbai.

The purpose of this seminar is to edify the students about the industry of export and import. Since India is an agro-based country the food industry plays an important role. Thus the area of the seminar was export procedures of fruits and vegetables. The seminar was delivered by Mrs. Minal Shinde, Executive Manager of Kaushal Continental Pvt. Ltd. and is in this sector from past two decades. The seminar was started at 11:00 a.m. A batch of 30 export-enthusiast students attended the seminar. The seminar started with the welcome ceremony hosted by the secretary (Miss. Trunali Pawar) and the honourable guest was felicitated by our chairperson.

At 11:15 a.m. the seminar commenced with a general introduction of the Export Import sector and facts of the export industry. Further an elaborate description of the essential documents such as the IEC Code, APEDA Certificate, Phyto- Sanitary Certificate and acknowledged how to apply and acquire these important documents. Further, it covered the various types of fruits and vegetables which have fair demand in the export market, also which the company themselves exports. Also there are different treatments given to these products before they are exported and ‘grading’ was said to be the most important one. The students were hit in a big by the brief knowledge on the export of mangoes and the different treatments it had to go through before export like the hot-water treatment, radiation treatment, viper heat treatment etc. The speaker shared concrete knowledge of these treatments which enthralled the students. The seminar also included a SWOT Analysis of the export-import industry which intrigued the students and subsequently led to an interactive session where the students came up with their queries and other FAQs. The speaker concluded the session by a motivating speech to the students.

The Seminar was concluded by a vote of thanks by the secretary of the forum and the R. A. Podar hamper which was given as a token of gratitude. It was be great learning experience for the students.

EVENT 2: Workshop
Topic: 'Annual report analysis'
Date and Time: Sept 2015, at 10:30 a.m to 12.30 pm
Venue: M-10

35 Participants attended the workshop and had to bring any one company annual report and study it. The resolutions, appointment of directors and auditors, CSR activities were studied. Discussions took place.

EVENT 3: Industrial Visit
Topics: OM SAI EXPORTS
Venue: Unit No.120, Bhullar, Saki Naka Industrial Estate
Day and Date: Saturday 18th July 2015

The students visited the company which has three Small Scale units. This company manufactures readymade curtains and provides it too the big retail stores basically it follows a process that has 4 basic steps for e.g Cutting, Stitching, dry process & P.P. Spray, and Finishing. The Managing Director Mr. Niranjan Kairomkonda addressed the students on various issues of manufacturing. The company also manufactures Agarbattis for exports. It was an informative, interesting and a successful visit.






Activities conducted during the year 2014-15 :-
The forum organized industrial visits to


A) Century Rayon Manufacturing Unit (B.K. Birla Group of Companies), Shahad
Explanation of process manufacturing yarn, Raw Materials (pulp paper) to Final Product (RAYON) Process:

Paper is made from wood pulp of trees like Eucalyptus (India) and Pine and Spruce (Florida and Sweden) .Then it passes through the Homogenizer and Ageing Drum which convert it to slurry attar adding Caustic. The mixture is further processed and purified through the coaching Tower, Hopper and Simplex, Dissolver and Blender, by the end of which a purified liquid Viscose is formed.

Yarn is formed by interaction of Viscose with acid which then forms into cones after being treated in the Dryer and Cake Conditioning Room. The Rayon Cones are subjected to 17 types of washing processes before becoming ready for final packaging.


B) Bisleri International pvt.ltd, Andheri East, Mumbai,
An Italian Company formed by Felice Bisleri, in 1965 was bought by Jayantilal Chauhan. . The packaged water industry of Bisleri is worth 3 billion. Its production is around 95 million litres.

Bisleri had a market leadership of 70% share. It has reduced now to 60% yet it remains as a market leader.


Committee members (2014-15):

Faculty Incharge:

Prof. Vinita Pimpale

Secretary :

Sarthak Katira

Joint Secretary :

Vineet Shah

Treasurer :

Raj Sheth



Activities conducted during the year 2013-14::
Industrial visits are arranged for giving industrial exposure, to the students in various semesters.

1. Saturday 29th July 2013:Om Sai Exports
An industrial visit was arranged on Saturday 20.7.13; students visited the curtain's unit-OM SAI EXPORTS, met Mr. Niranjan Kairomkonda Managig Director. Initially the entire process of manufacturing of curtain from start to end was explained. He further explained that their unit manufacture curtains, bed sheets, pillow covers and export 75% of it to countries like US (Chicago & New York), UK Germany etc. and also at departmental stores like Wal-Mart, Home depot, Bed baths & beyond, Target, JC penning, Christmas tree etc.

This unit brings fabric raw materials from mills (no weaving machines). Then there is a dying process of fabric of mainly grey but other colours too. Then they put a layer according to each size. There are various types of sewing machines for stitching, alterations etc. like overlocking machines. For inserting buttons in some covers, they do it through machines. Then at the end each finished product is folded into PVC bags which are inspected by store representation officer and also by the buying agent. They do check the tensile strength of these bags. If PVC bags are of good quality then only QC CERTIFICATE is issued. Here PVC bags are very important coz in countries like CANADA where the temperature is -20 degree celcius, if PVC bags are of inferior quality, they may suffer from cracks. Then they are shipped at JNPT-Panvel for checking of all the products randomly in terms of packing and the required quality. There are also different types of containers according to the cargo cubic metre.

Then invoice bill in consignee's name is made in case there is a consignee otherwise of buyer's name. Government also offers subsides to these exporters since they are bringing foreign reserves to the country. The subsidy is app.7.3% which is a gain for all the exporters other than their own profit margins. This subsidy is known as DRAWBACKS which is transferred directly to their respective bank accounts by the state government.

Students then visited the agarbatti's unit. There also Mr.Nagesh Kairomkonda. OM SAI AGARBATTI, explained the entire process that there are two types of agarbatti's natural and synthetic. Natural is made by hands. And synthetic through perfumes. Then we saw the entire process of manufacturing and packing.

Overall, it was a very good experience. Students learned many things. It was quiet informative.

2. An Industrial Visit was organised at PANAM ENGINEERS, Rabale on 10th July’2013 by R.A.Podar College and was an initiative taken by the students of SYBcom div –B.
We were greeted by the director of exports, Mr Anand Khanija at the entrance and were briefed about the company and its activities by the technical director, Mr Aroon. PANAM was established in 1998 and is one of the leading manufacturers in the field of instrumentation producing tubes/pipe fittings and valves. It caters to all the oil and gas Industries based in the domestic as well as overseas market. After the briefing the students were shown the shop floor where the production is carried out. They order their raw materials such as HEX, ROUNDS,etc.. from Bhansali bright bars. Panam produces straight and angle fittings which require perfect size and machines are used to forge them into shape after which the processing is carried out .The students were informed and shown all these machines carrying out the process. Post machining the produced components is given ultra sonic treatment where all the dust particles are removed and they are moved into an area where the laser marking is done on the products. Post marking assembly of components is carried out and the final product is sent for final testing and inspection. The best part of their process is that there is zero wastage as the balance material is sent to the stores for future orders which make it non-polluting.

The visit proved to be a great success and was applauded by all. Such Industrial visits will help to provide more technical knowledge and build a sound attitude in the students. A Vote of Thanks was given by all the students to the directors.

3. An industrial visit as organized on Monday 22nd July, 2013 to INDACO JEANS, Tarapur for the students, as a part of the academics. A bus was arranged from the college to the factory at Tarapur. There were 40 students accompanied by Prof. Dr. Vinita Pimpale.
We were greeted by Mr. Ram Chauhan and Mr. Tushar Lakade, who explained the process of jeans making. Each aspect was explained while they showed us the departments. This company produces jeans for major brands such as Spykar, Being Human. The process has 5 basic steps Cutting, Stitching, dry process & P.P. Spray, Washing, Finishing.
It was an informative, interesting and a successful visit.

4. An Industrial Visit was organised at National Stock Exchange (NSE), Bandra- Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai on 29th November’2013 by R.A.Podar College and was an initiative taken by the students of Senior College.
We were greeted by the NSE’s Head for NSE’s education programme Mr. Mukherjee in Dr. R. H. Patil Auditorium and were provided with refreshments. Students were briefed about the National Stock Exchange and its activities.Established in 1992 and commenced operations in 1994 NSE is the India’s largest exchange, globally in currency trading, index trading and money (cash) market. It has above 1600 companies listed. After the briefing the students were briefed about Capital Markets. Also NSE members guided students about NSE’s programme such as National stock Exchange’s certification in Financial Markets (NCFM) and NSE Certified Market Professional courses (NCMP) in which students showed immense interest. Due to unavailability of Prof. the third session on Futures and Options was cancelled, which was the only unfortunate event of the day.

The visit proved to be a great success and was applauded by all. .Such Industrial visits will help to provide more technical knowledge and build a sound attitude in the students. A Vote of Thanks was given by all the students to the head of NSE’s educational programme.

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